Murray Canyon Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Palm Springs, California. It is within Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 672 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is a mile with a total elevation gain of 129 feet.
Murray Canyon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"With its palm oasis, pools, and waterfall, Murray Canyon is a justi?ably popular hike in the Indian Canyons. Named for Scottish rancher Welwood Murray who established the Palm Springs Hotel in 1887 and popularized the winter resort, the canyon has been home for centuries to the Cahuilla people. The hike is best in winter and spring when the days are mild and the creek runs clear. The trail crosses the creek repeatedly, so a trekking pole is helpful and this hike is not recommended for those with poor balance."
--John W. Robinson with David Money Harris, 100 Hikes in Southern California: San Bernardino Mountain Trails (Wilderness Press).
"Murray Canyon is named for the Scottish rancher, Welwood Murray, who founded the Palm Springs Hotel in 1887 and brought attention to the area as a spa and resort. The canyon cuts a groove down the rugged eastern slope of the Desert Divide. The trail ends at the Seven Sisters, a series of stone pools with a 12-foot waterfall. Murray Creek runs through the winter and spring. The trail crosses the creek a dozen times and the rocks can be slippery so a trekking pole is helpful; this trip is not recommended for those unsure of their balance. Murray Canyon is one of our favorite hikes of its length in the area. The falls are a great destination for a picnic, but don’t expect to find solitude on this popular trail."
--David & Jennifer Money Harris, Afoot and Afield: Inland Empire (Wilderness Press).
"Wear sturdy hiking shoes for this moderate but mostly flat hike in the Indian Canyons. After a brief dusty trek across sand and through desert scrub, the route weaves in and out of a stream lined with palms to reach a series of seasonal waterfalls known as Seven Sisters."
--Laura Randall , Five-Star Trails Palm Springs (Menasha Ridge Press).
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